I’m sure we can all agree that providing a decent education to children is a worthy and laudable aim.
In the UK, because the vast majority of education provision is (sadly) controlled by the State, it therefore falls to the State – and therefore the Government of the day, to ensure that our kids are given this advantage. However, some of us have been arguing for many years now that Government CANNOT be trusted to properly manage Education provision, since it will naturally want to pretend that it all progress is thanks to it, and it alone, thus Grades HAVE to improve. Government consistently DENIES that there has been any grade inflation and that improved annual academic results are attributed to great teaching and smarter kids. Praise be to Government.
However the staggering scale of "grade inflation" in schools and universities since Labour came to power is laid bare in official figures today.
The number of A grades at A-level and top honours degrees has soared more than 50% since 1997.
The trend at GCSE is almost as marked, with pupils now passing 36 per cent of exams at the top two grades of A and A*.
And figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency have shown how first-class honours degrees have rocketed 55%. More than one in ten undergraduates now achieve the highest university accolade while more than 50% achieve the top two grades – either a first or upper second. Out of 289,200 undergraduates awarded degrees last year, 172,000 were awarded one of these degrees. Most of the rest gained lower seconds, while 26,800 failed their degrees completely, gaining no classification at all. Firsts alone have gone up from seven per cent in 1997 to more than 11 per cent.
DUMBED DOWN AND SOLD OUT – Government betrays our children.
You don’t need a brace of worthless "A" Levels or a Degree in Sports Studies to work that one out. Government needs to be removed from Education – it corrupts all it touches.